Environmental Stewardship
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Inside Academics

Environment & Society

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One of the things that recreation students find when they come to Paul Smith's College is that we have a six million acre classroom. So we certainly have seated courses, or portions of a class, where we have to be in class and doing classroom things. But most of our courses have at least an outdoor component. And some of our courses are exclusively hands-on, outdoor-based.

And in the Adirondack Park, six million acres is available to us. This mixture of public and private lands where we can go and plan trips, and lead trips, and backpack, and paddle. And it's often not just for class. A lot of students love Paul Smith's College because we are on a lake. We are in the middle of the state park. And you can play and work in this amazing, beautiful park.

We have a Paul Smith's Guide Service that we started recently. And that's where rec students get to work with paying clients, under the supervision of faculty and staff. But they're working as guides in the field, running day trips, expeditions. So that's just another example of the hands-on learning that they're getting.

All Paul Smith's College students, regardless of your major, have opportunities for international travel. Along with a colleague, we took a bunch of students to Uganda last year. And our students were studying nature-based tourism.

And so, we had spent some of that semester researching Uganda, researching national parks, some human-wildlife conflicts, and all of the things that go into maintaining national parks and game preserves in places like Uganda. And then we're able to go see them. And those are opportunities that all Paul Smith's College students have, regardless of the program.

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